Mary Alice Sands
October 20, 1941 - August 11, 2023

Mary Alice Sands, 81 of Wesley Chapel, FL entered into the arms of her Lord on Friday, August 11, 2023. She was born in Indianapolis, IN; grew up in Bowling Green, KY; raised her family in Middletown, NY; retired to North Myrtle Beach, SC; and ultimately settled in Wesley Chapel in 2013. Mary was a member of Carmel Friendship Church. She worked as an occupational therapist after graduating from Western Michigan University in 1964. She spent most of her career as a College Professor of Occupational Therapy (serving as Department Chair) at Orange County Community College (now SUNY Orange) in Middletown, New York. She was also a small business owner as co-founder of OT Plus in Goshen, NY. She was a beautiful spirit who gave back to her community, including serving as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach, SC, and she was a member of the Board of Directors of Horton Hospital in Middletown, New York. Mary loved learning and teaching, founding the Occupational Therapy Assistant programs at both SUNY Orange and Rockland Community College. She also served on the Commission on Education for the American Occupational Therapy Association and the NY State Board of Licensure. In 1994, she was recognized for her contributions to the occupational therapy profession and awarded the Roster of Fellows Award. Mary enjoyed reading, watching (old) movies, and shopping; but most of all, spending time with her family. 

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, George Sands; sons, Jeffrey (Mariah Steele) Sands and Ken (Natasha) Sands, M.D.; her brother, Warren D. (Ellen) Moxey and her beloved grandchildren, Mason, Ethan, Mackenzie and Jillian. 

Mary Sands had a beautiful spirit and was a woman of faith. She was strong, caring, and passionate about helping others. She lit up the room when she entered and always carried herself with style and grace. She was the cornerstone of her family – supporting, protecting, and nurturing it. She was the undisputed queen in a house full of men. She will be missed by all who knew her. Her legacy will live on in all the family, friends, students and colleagues she touched along her earthly journey.

1 Comment

  • Suzanne Weinert-Korycki Posted September 18, 2023 4:54 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of her passing. I graduated from the OTA program at OCCC in 1984 and worked in the OT field since 2018 when I retired. Mary was an excellent teacher and role model for me. Sending my sincere condolences to her family and friends as she will be missed.

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